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Email is a great thing. It allows you to write to people very far away, very quickly. It came into popular use in the mid to late 1990s.
==The Unix ID==
==Ways to check your e-mail==
At Williams, there are several ways to check your e-mail .
IMP (or equivalently, Webmail) is the way most students at Williams check their e-mail these days, since they have grown up with Web-based e-mail.
IMP stands for Internet Mail Protocol. The software was written by a Williams student, way back in the day. Few people know this. This is probably why Williams webmail runs on IMP rather than something else. There
are two equivalent ways to check your mail with a web browser: [http://imp.williams.edu http://imp.williams.edu] and [http://webmail.williams.edu http://webmail.williams.edu]. Most people have a strong preference for one or the other, though they are fundamentally the same.
This web-based interface works better than the command-line interface for attachments, but sometimes it mysteriously goes down, while [[Email#PINE|PINE]] remains up. Therefore, it is handy to know how to use both systems, so that you can both send attachments and check your e-mail even when others can't.